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Strasburg's 2011 MLB debut could be Sept. 6

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08:11 AM ET 08.29 | Stephen Strasburg topped out at 98 on the gun, and most accounts had him breezing through much of his five innings of a weekend rehab start, this one for Class AAA Syracuse. Cumulatively, Strasburg has thrown 14 1/3 innings on his rehab assignment, and has allowed 13 hits and eight earned runs (giving him a 5.02 ERA), with 25 strikeouts against only three walks. Although the Nationals have not revealed a specific timetable for Strasburg's return to the majors, it is believed he will make another minor league start on Sept. 1 -- most likely for Class AA Harrisburg, the only Nationals affiliate with a home game that day -- then possibly make his season debut at Nationals Park as soon as Sept. 6.

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August 29, 2011  08:13 AM ET

Pack him up and save him for next season. No need to rush this guy, especially when you're not in a pennant race.

August 29, 2011  08:13 AM ET

Can't wait!!!

August 29, 2011  08:19 AM ET

He pitched 5 innings of no hit ball against rochester the other night. he opened the 6th by putting the first two runners on and they took him out.

August 29, 2011  08:36 AM ET

Having him start 2-3 games is a good confidence builder for next year. Don't expect him to stay out there long

August 29, 2011  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Having him start 2-3 games is a good confidence builder for next year. Don't expect him to stay out there long

Tim Hudson did the same thing a couple of years ago. Of course the Braves were not in contention and the team needed to see if they wanted to resign him. Still, I think those few outings were good for Hudson to see he was on track & still a top line pitcher

August 29, 2011  09:48 AM ET
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This dude should go home. He'll be hurt again, and it will expose the fact he can't pitch.

I can't figure out if you are just a troll or an idiot? Can't pitch? Did you see the numbers he was putting up last year? He can pitch, and very, very well.

August 29, 2011  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Pack him up and save him for next season. No need to rush this guy, especially when you're not in a pennant race.

Exactly. Why have him pitch in meaningless games? Let him rest and come back at full strength next season

August 29, 2011  10:01 AM ET
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This dude should go home. He'll be hurt again, and it will expose the fact he can't pitch.

He can pitch just fine when he's healthy... His mechanics just sucked and he blew up his elbow... If he fixes the problems with his mechanics and maintains his accuracy, he can be scary good... If he uses the same poor mechanics he's had for years, he'll dazzle with speed and accuracy until his arm gives out for good... I can't believe a team that is just playing out the string would risk this kid hurting himself again for nothing other than a few more butts in the bleachers... If I were the Nats GM, I'd have kept him shut down until winter ball and let him use that time to get ready for spring training in 2012...

August 29, 2011  11:26 AM ET

gotta sell some tickets late in the season

August 29, 2011  11:42 AM ET

Nats Management Reason #1 having Strasburg pitch this year: $ needed to keep Boras on payroll.

August 29, 2011  11:58 AM ET

Don't know what I would do without my daily Nationals thread.

August 29, 2011  12:29 PM ET

Bring him on! A good reason to start him this year is to get work under his belt before the offseason. The Nats did the same with Jordan Zimmermann and it worked great!

Strasburg is on the way!

http://andesangle.blogspot.com/2011/08/top-5-with-andesangle.html

August 29, 2011  02:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Pack him up and save him for next season. No need to rush this guy, especially when you're not in a pennant race.

That's what I was thinking

August 29, 2011  03:13 PM ET
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Nats Management Reason #1 having Strasburg pitch this year: $ needed to keep Boras on payroll.

Boras is already making his money from Strasburg's contract. It wont change anything for him if he pitches. They really should let him stay out for the rest of the season and start on opening day next year.

August 29, 2011  05:20 PM ET

the nationals are in a hurry to send strasburg back to the doctors knife, can't they see it? the pitcher itsn't a 100% why would they ignored the outputs from their prospect? its the GM /owner gone blind? guess they will bring him up to the majors after he gets injured again they will be more happy with themselves!!

August 29, 2011  05:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

The Nats did the same with Jordan Zimmermann and it worked great!

wonder how great it workout, the pitcher ended injured and went straight to the surgeon to get chapped!!

 
August 29, 2011  09:44 PM ET
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the nationals are in a hurry to send strasburg back to the doctors knife, can't they see it? the pitcher itsn't a 100% why would they ignored the outputs from their prospect? its the GM /owner gone blind? guess they will bring him up to the majors after he gets injured again they will be more happy with themselves!!

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